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'Engineering Unplugged' Will Showcase Green Achievements, Offer Advice for Saving Energy Costs

The second annual Engineering Unplugged conference will bring together some of the brightest minds working on environmental engineering issues in the region on Tuesday, April 13 at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Presented by the Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center (VATPDC) of Old Dominion University, Engineering Unplugged is the premier green event of its kind in Hampton Roads, providing a unique opportunity to showcase expertise about green buildings, energy conservation, alternative energy and greenhouse gases.

In 2009, Engineering Unplugged drew more than 250 attendees, 29 exhibitors and 17 sponsors from as far away as Mexico. The 2009 demographics represented a broad spectrum of attendees, including architectural and design firms, military, construction companies, manufacturers, facilities managers and general industry.

"The environment is a critical issue for all of our well-beings. In addition to individuals adjusting their behavior, solving climate change issues will require the work of innovative entrepreneurs," said Oktay Baysal, Dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology. "For this to happen we need the research, ingenuity and expertise of engineers. Engineering Unplugged is a perfect showcase for that innovation."

The comprehensive Engineering Unplugged curriculum is designed to provide expertise for engineering firms to:

  • Prepare for changes in environmental practices with cutting-edge experts from the U.S. Green Building Council, Old Dominion University, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Identify areas where known energy loss and consumption waste money;
  • Learn about the real cost-savers in Alternative Energy; and
  • Lower carbon footprints by continuous emissions monitoring of greenhouse gases, and use of other technologies.

Engineering Unplugged will feature workshops and demonstrations by recognized leaders in the field of environmental engineering. The educational component of the conference will focus on three tracks:

  • LEED and Green buildings - including case studies of many Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design buildings;
  • Energy Conservation and Alternative Energy - such as solar thermal and wind energy technology, and the "smart grid"; and
  • Greenhouse gases - including hybrid vehicles, a case study by Maersk Shipping lines of carbon footprint reduction, Lipton Tea's achievement of "zero landfill" status, and a case study of green rail: light, high-speed and Maglev.

For more information about the conference, see the Engineering Unplugged Web site, at http://www.engineeringunplugged.com/home.htm, or call VATPDC at 757-683-5479.

This article was posted on: January 21, 2010

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